Expansion at LightEdge

Growth is defined as “expansion” or “an increase, enlargement, or development, especially in the activities of a company.”  This definition is spot-on when describing LightEdge Solutions’ progression over the past few years.  As an industry leader committed to providing cutting-edge solutions for our customers, we feel it’s imperative to match the right people to the right positions to enable us to achieve our goals.

The Des Moines Register recently reported on our exciting growth projection and quoted CEO, Jim Masterson’s remarks that we are planning to more than double our staff in the Des Moines market. Looking at our numbers, it is evident that we are well on our way to accomplishing just this! 60% of our current staff was hired in the last 5 years, 35% in the past two years and 19% in 2014 alone… and this number keeps growing!

Our trending increase in growth has not only grabbed local attention with the community, but is something current employees notice through their day-to-day work. When employees were surveyed on what they were most excited about for LightEdge’s future, Sarah Roeder, Client Service Project Coordinator said, “The growth trajectory as well as being positioned to partner with so many other companies as they make important IT decisions in the coming months and years.” Lindsay Alderman, Customer Operations Manager, agreed when she noted, “It’s very exciting to be a part of the team knowing our hard work is directly impacting the growth of the company, and that we are helping build this company by delivering best in class service.”

LightEdge Solutions is moving and growing rapidly and there are no plans of slowing down anytime soon. We are currently adding a number of positions in our Customer Implementation, Sales & Consulting teams, and always accepting applications. If you are interesting in joining our exciting and dynamic company, please check out our Careers page at http://www.lightedge.com/careers to see what we are currently recruiting for!

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Some of the LightEdge team at the Grand Opening of the Kansas City Data Center.

 

LightEdge’s New Digs

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We are excited to announce that we moved our Des Moines office down two floors from our previous location still within the Davis Brown Tower. Due to our rapid expansion, our old space was quickly outgrown. Now that we span the full 10th floor of our downtown building, we have been able centralize our entire Des Moines area staff that were once dispersed throughout the metro and West Des Moines. We are confident that this will continue to result in even better collaboration amongst our teams and consistently improve our product and service offerings for customers.

Need to send us some snail mail or get our new address dropped into your remittance system? You can now find us at:

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To view LightEdge’s full contact information for all our Midwestern locations, please visit: http://www.lightedge.com/contact-lightedge

Anxious to check out our new pad? Enjoy this glimpse into our new workspace!

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2014 LightEdge Annual Golf Outing Recap

Big thanks to everyone who took part in our Annual LightEdge Golf Outing at Echo Valley Country Club this year. We had a wonderful turnout and beautiful weather for the morning seminars and afternoon on the greens.

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Joe Onisick

Joe Onisick, renowned presenter and Technical Marketing Engineer at Cisco, kicked the day off right with an engaging technical session on Cisco ACI: The Next Generation Model for Your Data Center and Cloud Applications. His overwhelming amount of experience in the IT industry shed valuable insight on this holistic architecture that allows for automatic provisioning, reduced cost & errors and accelerated deployment of business solutions to keep your company ahead of the evolution to see instantaneous results.

The Executive lunch seminar was led by David McNicholas, Director US-Strategic Business Development at Westcon Group/Comstor. His session, Is Your Career in Darwin’s Waiting Room?, was an engaging continuation of last year’s discussion on driving business efficiency through Managed Services. In the second half of this two part series, David dove into the ways to identify your IT relevancy and goals in order to maximize on IaaS for driving direct business results. For more information on implementing a business outcome analysis at your company, please email us at info-dm@lightedge.com to get started.

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David McNicholas

Please visit our Facebook page to see the full day’s photos, including some pictures you don’t want to miss of foursomes striking their best Sin City poses at our Las Vegas hole-in-one competition.

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LightEdge NOC

LightEdge NOC

Our Network Operations Center (NOC) is staffed by engineers who monitor the 99.999% uptime of your managed services. More importantly, we’re there to respond immediately the 0.001% of the time it’s not. Rest assured, you will receive the highest network availability, reliability and integrity. That’s our promise.

Kansas City Data Center Grand Opening

“The Wednesday opening of LightEdge Solutions Inc., the anchor tenant for a new underground data center campus in Kansas City’s SubTropolis business park, is expected to be the start of something big.” Kansas City Business Journal

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The Grand Opening of LightEdge’s Kansas City Data Center and SubTropolis Technology Center took place on Wednesday, April 16th.  A press conference and ribbon cutting ceremony were followed by tours of the facility and networking for the 300+ guests in attendance. Dignitaries in attendance included Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Sly James, Presiding Clay County Commissioner Pam Mason, KCP&L Vice President Chuck Caisley, Augie Cruciotti, managing director of The Anschutz Investment Co., and members of the Hunt family including Clark Hunt, Lamar Hunt, Jr., and Sharron Hunt, owners of Hunt Midwest.

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LightEdge is the anchor tenant of STC, which is owned and operated by Hunt Midwest Real Estate Development. The new facility is the fourth data center operated by LightEdge throughout the Midwest. Additional information about the new facility can be found on our website.

See a video that Missouri Economic Development created recapping the event here.

Check out the time lapse video of our construction progress at the data center here.

Additional photos from the event can be found on our Facebook page here.

Looking back, moving forward

Looking back at 2013, it was a year full of excitement and growth at LightEdge. We added several new employees to our team over multiple Midwest locations and quadrupled our staff in the Kansas City office alone. It also marked our 17 year anniversary as a company, and more than a decade as a cloud provider. Not only did we expand our managed services portfolio with new offerings like Hosted Desktop Experience, but we also began planning for rapid growth in our data centers.

In September, LightEdge announced our plans for constructing a regional data center at the underground SubTropolis Technology Center (STC) in Kansas City, MO. We will be the anchor tenant in the first phase of STC, a mission critical data center campus owned and operated by Hunt Midwest Real Estate Development. LightEdge will open the first phase of its 60,000-square foot underground operation, built to Tier III Standards, within STC in the spring of 2014. In addition to our newest data center in Kansas City, we will also be expanding our data center in Altoona, IA, this year.

Much like in 2013, we will be partnering with our talented vendors and continuing to host educational events that benefit our current and potential customers. We’re excited to continue to share the valuable knowledge & advice that our highly-skilled team has to offer. LightEdge will continue to roll out industry-leading solutions in 2014, so be on the lookout for additional details as the year unfolds.

LightEdge Sponsors KVC Walk Me Home 5K Supporting Foster Families In Kansas

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We are pleased to announce that LightEdge will be one of the sponsors for the 2nd annual KVC Walk Me Home 5K Run/Walk fundraising event. This event supporting foster care in Kansas City will be held at Theater in the Park within Shawnee Mission Park at 7:30 a.m. on May 11, 2013.

KVC Behavioral HealthCare, Inc. is an integrated human service provider committed to enriching the lives of children and families throughout Kansas. The Walk Me Home 5K was developed to raise awareness to foster care and to raise funds that will support the programs and services for foster care in Kansas. Walk Me Home supports more than 1,300 children that are currently in foster care in the Kansas City metro area. “We are excited to build on the momentum of last year’s Walk Me Home 5K and are so grateful for community partners like LightEdge whose support enriches the lives of countless families and children in our community,” Chad Anderson, president of KVC Behavioral HealthCare, Inc., said.

LightEdge is excited to be one of the sponsors for the event to help raise funds and awareness for such an amazing cause.  “Supporting local organizations is a continued effort at LightEdge. We are so excited to support such an outstanding organization like KVC by being involved as a sponsor this year,” said Kansas City Market Director Mark Dodds.

For additional information please contact Blair Patterson at 515-471-1119, email bpatterson@lightedge.com or visit http://www.firstgiving.com/walkmehome/kvc2013.

Jim Masterson is an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 regional finalist

We are pleased to announce that CEO, Jim Masterson, has been named a regional finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 program.  The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Jim Masterson was selected from a strong pool of over 1600 nominations by a panel of independent judges.  Awards will be presented at a special gala on June 13, 2013 at the Marriott City Center hotel in Minneapolis, MN.

Now in its 27th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 140 cities in more than 50 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur Of The Year Program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 16, 2013. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the United States by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Regional sponsors for the Upper Midwest program include Padilla Speer Beardsley, Faegre Baker Daniels and Twin Cities Business. Locally, the program is sponsored by Lockton Companies, Sálo and the Pohlad Companies.

Lindsay Alderman Joins the Business Record’s Forty Under 40 Class of 2013

We are pleased to announce that our Client Operations Manager, Lindsay Alderman, has joined the elite ranks of the Des Moines Business Record’s Forty under 40 class of 2013. This honor recognizes that she is among some of the city’s most driven, talented and philanthropic young business leaders that are making a difference.

Candidates are nominated based on both professional success and involvement with community and non-profit organizations. Winners are then chosen by a panel of previous recipients who examine the nominees’ job responsibilities, special projects, board participation, awards and distinguished recognitions in order to make their decision.

“I was surprised, honored and excited to hear that I was a part of this year’s Forty under 40 list,” Alderman explained. “I am extremely passionate about Des Moines and am proud to be grouped with others that share my determination to make it a city of innovation, growth and leadership. Each of my fellow honorees have already demonstrated such impressive strength and accomplishment in their short careers, so I can only imagine the amazing potential the future holds for each of them and what it will mean for the Midwest.”

LightEdge would like to congratulate the entire class of 2013 on their achievements and contributions to Des Moines. Whether they have paved the way in entrepreneurship, volunteered their time to improve our community, exhibited unparalleled leadership within their organization, or mentored other young professionals to follow in their accomplished footsteps, their determination has been recognized and applauded.

To check out the complete list of this year’s inspirational class, please visit http://businessrecord.com/Content/Default/1Click/Article/2013-Forty-Under-40-class-announced/-3/248/53330.

LightEdge partners with KJJY & Variety to bring a smile to a child

The holidays are always a special time of year to reach out and lend some support to those in need. Over the years, LightEdge has assisted numerous organizations but many of the ones closest to our hearts benefit children. For this reason, we couldn’t be happier to be one of the hourly sponsors of the KJJY/Variety radiothon and support the families of kids that are in long term care or suffering from life-threatening conditions. Please tune in to KJJY 92.5 on Wednesday, December 19th from 8:00-8:30am to hear about why we are passionate about helping out Variety – The Children’s Charity.

The annual KJJY/Variety Radiothon donates all the dollars raised to the Compassion Fund. It serves to assist the families of sick kids in an assortment of ways from paying for gas to get them back and forth to the hospital or filling their other children’s backpacks with school supplies because they may not have the funds to do so. They aim to lift spirits and change lives. One of the charity’s most popular contributions are the “Variety Teddy Bears” that are meant to offer children a comforting companion throughout their time at the hospital.

If you are interested in learning more about this wonderful charity or donating to it yourself, please check out http://www.varietyiowa.com/donate.php.

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